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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

668 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 397
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American IPA , hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.

(Beer added by: hillvt4me on 01-30-2014)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

Big hop aroma, the Citra has been tamed. Lasting head on yellow body, leaving a lace trail. Citra dominated taste, rounded out by subordinate tropical fruit. Fresh tasting, a good complement in the product line to the Heady Topper. Can from Tom, thank you.

06-20-2014 19:33:01 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-26-2014 23:04:26 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

02-22-2014 23:41:33 | More by Thorpe429
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

When it comes to hops, Alchemist knows how to get the good ones and knows how to use them once in the brewhouse. This IPA of ultimate dryness and utter hop dominance brings out a taste in pale ale that's likely not yet been seen, better yet- tasted.

Focal Banger jumps right out with a burst of citrus and a backing of tropical aroma and taste. Supporting malt sweetness is thin and honied, giving the fruit flavors a sense of dripping with sweet and tangy fructose nectar. The sweetness seems right at home with the hops.

And the beer simply blossoms over the middle, really opening up those tangy and tart red grapefruit, mandarin, lemon drop, pineapple, mango and juniper flavors. And as the sweetness gently fades, the hops stand out even more, releasing notes of lemon verbena, mild chive, grassy botanicals and a floral drift of honeysuckle perfume.

its massively dry backbone becomes a honeycomb of malt texture where its flavor presence has dropped off entirely. What's left is a creamy-dry hop bitterness that strips the palate of thirst with ease. Its light body throughout perfectly preserves the attitude of American IPA.

07-31-2014 17:11:17 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-15-2014 17:00:36 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-09-2014 14:00:39 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

07-12-2014 08:17:18 | More by zestar
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-09-2014 22:12:46 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

04-20-2014 17:29:39 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-27-2014 00:59:21 | More by Knapp85
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

06-25-2014 01:47:15 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

03-26-2014 05:15:00 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side for the style but it works quite well for this beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a tremendous beer to drink for a very long time.

03-03-2014 04:10:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-08-2014 00:46:17 | More by Jason
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2014 14:01:07 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%

On tap at Blackback, Waterbury, VT.

Hazy yellow-orange pour into a Hill Farmstead wine glass (as is the way of things at Blackback), topped with a small, creamy, white head that retained well and left some strands of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, some pine, fresh cut grass. An assertive hop bitterness right up front in the taste, all the qualities detected in the nose, grapefruit, mango, grass, some light floral notes, with a soft, bready, pale malt profile. It's about as hoppy/bitter as Heady Topper, but a bit lighter and softer, and at only 1%ABV less, it's pretty comparable overall. Light-medium body, crisp and dry, and easily drinkable. When this goes into bigger production, trying the two beers side by side will obviously be something I look forward to doing.

02-07-2014 23:56:50 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-08-2014 05:00:20 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-07-2014 14:21:01 | More by mendvicdog
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-18-2014 17:46:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-30-2014 23:54:55 | More by XmnwildX12
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

07-24-2014 21:25:53 | More by beernads
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-19-2014 23:22:42 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-27-2014 05:31:45 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-23-2014 12:42:51 | More by InspectorBob
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-24-2014 01:12:56 | More by drewone
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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.